Exclusive! Fast Cars and Channing Tatum: Jessie Sulidis Talks Life After Bachelor Pad
Forget Jake Pavelka and all his airplanes. Jessie Sulidis has moved on — to really fast race cars! Wetpaint Entertainment recently caught up with the sassy former Bachelor 14 contestant, who also appeared on the maiden season of Bachelor Pad. But maybe you know her as the girl who told Ali Fedotowsky about Justin “Rated R” Rego’s girlfriend back home. Wondering what she’s up to now? Read on to find out!
You’ve got a big racing event coming up with IndyCar. Tell us a bit about it. I’ve always been an open-wheel racing fan, ever since 2004. I won a contest, it was the Miss Indy contest for Canada. So I got to travel for the race series, I sort of did like all their media — we went to Australia — so I really got into racing. Then just recently, I got into television broadcasting.
So I was working at the race this summer for one of the sponsors, and the series saw my work and decided they wanted to hire me for the actual series, which is called IndyCar, or the IRL, the Indy Racing League. The championship race — last race of the season — is October 14-15 in Las Vegas. So I’m going up there and doing all the driver interviews, sponsorship interviews, basically covering all these events.
It’s not just a race: There’s a parade down the strip, there’s nightly entertainment. I’m basically covering every aspect of the race week for IndyCar.com and for the IndyCar Nation: It’s like a fan membership site.
So what are some of the things that you’re excited about getting to cover? I obviously love the race itself. And Las Vegas, I think it’s just one of the most exciting cities to race in. Over the years, I’ve gotten to know a lot of the drivers, and it’s a lot of fun because you know some of the drivers, you have favorites and you’re really rooting for them, and certain teams, so that’s a lot of fun. And also just being there — that whole atmosphere. There’s a few concerts going on throughout the weekend, so I’m excited for that.
So why is racing something that’s close to your heart? You know, I never was a racing fan until I actually went to my first race in 2004. I tell all my girlfriends this, because they’re like Oh, racing. It’s not really a woman’s sport. Once you get there, and you’re in the pits — I got pit passes — you really see, like, the cars pull up. A pit stop takes eight seconds, so it’s so exciting. Right from that, I just sort of got the Indy Fever. Basically, since then, I was a racing fan.
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Anything else that’s coming up for you? Where can we expect to see you next? I just did Toronto International Film Fest. I covered the red carpet for all the different films that were premiering, so I got to interview George Clooney, Brad Pitt — he brought Angelina Jolie with him — Channing Tatum, so many celebrities that I got to meet and interview.
What surprised you when you got to meet these huge stars? I was actually surprised how Brad Pitt and George Clooney were probably the nicest people that we met on the red carpet. They were sort of joking — it was a Canadian event, so George Clooney sort of joked around about Canadians: How we’re all sort of nuts and crazy and drunk off the Canadian beer. So things like that!
I was surprised just at how sort of down-to-earth they were. They really took time to talk to everyone that was on the red carpet. There was 75 media outlets. A lot of the celebs just dart right past you, but they took the time to do a walk-and-talk with, like, everybody.
Who were you probably the most starstruck to meet, out of everyone? Channing Tatum. I’ve never met a more gorgeous man in my life! He’s married, unfortunately. But he’s just charming! From the way he puts himself together, the way he presents himself. He was such a nice guy, and really gave you the time of day and really put thought into all the answers that he gave.
It seems like being on The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad has opened up a lot of doors for you to do these really cool things. Do you feel like it has? If you had to do it over again, do you think you would? Oh, for sure! I give basically the majority of the credit to being on that show. I mean, I did a lot of acting as a child, so after The Bachelor and Bachelor Pad, it really opened doors to doing interviews with, like, E-Talk and Access Hollywood. Actually, from doing the media in Canada, I got a few job offers, so I was working with ET Canada as a correspondent and I moved over to E-Talk, where I actually hosted a show called The Rose Report, which was everything Bachelor-related news. That was on one of our major celebrity entertainment networks.
So you go on The Bachelor, and end up getting to meet Channing Tatum one day. If only it worked out like that for everyone! You really have to go out and find it! A lot of people think that it’s going to come to them, but I went out and I pitched networks. I really worked my butt off to get where I am, and it’s paying off now.
Even though you’ve got your own career going, do you still watch all of the seasons of The Bachelorette and Bachelor Pad? Do you keep up with that pretty frequently? Yeah, yeah I definitely watch. Especially with this past season of Bachelor Pad. It was wild and crazy! I don’t remember our season being like that. But yeah, I did keep up with it. It’s always interesting to see with the reunion parties. So it’s interesting to see them on TV and then meet them in person, and actually get to know who they are.
Is there anyone you’re still close with after your season of Bachelor Pad? I keep in touch with Gwen and with Gia, those are the two girls that I got the closest with. And we’ve actually done a few events together, a few charity projects. I keep in touch with them and Jesse Kovacs, and Dave Good I just hung out with in Las Vegas last month. We went for Dave Good’s birthday. So yeah, I definitely do keep in touch.
So since you have been keeping up with Ashley Hebert’s season of The Bachelorette, have you got the chance to meet either her or J.P. yet? No, I haven’t. But to be honest, I was a Constantine fan all season.
On Twitter, you were pretty vocal about liking him a lot. He’s really cute. And he’s Greek, so — I’m Greek, as well [...] I was just really rooting for him. It’s funny to watch how similar his family was to mine. I could have sworn that his mom stole my aunt’s dining room set. It’s just funny to me that: Does every Greek person really own that?
It seemed like on the first season of Bachelor Pad, you kind of had something with Dave Good. If you had to choose, who would you rather be with: Constantine or Dave? See, I haven’t met Constantine in person, but Dave Good is beautiful. Hands down. He has an amazing face, he’s funny, and a great body: So he has, kind of like the whole package. So I have to say Dave Good. But I haven’t met Constantine yet, so…
If you had to choose one person in the Bachelor franchise, who would you say is your Bachelor crush? I guess Constantine, if I had to have a crush. But I don’t think I would date anybody from that franchise. I think everybody’s kind of dated each other.
Are you dating anyone right now? No, I’m actually newly-single. So, yeah. You can put it out there: for any cute, funny boys.
Liking race cars, probably a plus? Oh yeah. And they have to be funny, and I like tall guys.
And looking like Channing Tatum probably doesn’t hurt. No, I wouldn’t mind that! If he was ever to be single again, I’d be on that.